Originally founded in 1980, the Black Staff and Faculty Association was designed to provide a sense of purpose for those African American faculty and staff here on the Irvine Campus. The goal was to create a presence here on the campus that would be visible, supportive, nurturing and productuve in serving the needs of the African American community. It was to serve as a central point of information exchange to the Black community at large which included students, faculty and staff. As an organization looking out for the best interest of its membership, it strived to provide a sense of purpose and serve as a model to other organizations.

Today, we are still growing our numbers of faculty, staff and students. Our mission is to be a visible, supportive, nurturing and productive organization. We believe in mentoring our youth, identifying professional development opportunities for faculty and staff where possible, and supporting the University’s mission of teaching, research and community service.